With Their Librettos in German-English Parallel Text
Author: Alfred Dürr,Richard Douglas Jones
Publisher: Oxford University Press
View: 8452A work-by-work commentary on the Bach cantatas by the world's most famous Bach scholar, now available in English for the first time. It includes all the cantata librettos in German-English parallel text. An indispensable reference book for anyone listening to, performing in, or studying any of the Bach cantatas.
Author: Daniel R. Melamed
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
View: 6604The motets of J. S. Bach are probably the most sophisticated works ever composed in the genre. Nevertheless, Daniel Melamed maintains, the view that they constitute a body of work quite separate from the German motet tradition is mistaken. He starts by considering the eighteenth-century understanding of the term itself and finds that Bach's own use does indeed agree with his contemporaries and that his motets are rooted in the conventions of the time, particularly in matters of musical construction, performing forces, and type of text. A fresh look at the repertory shows that Bach composed motets all through his career and an appreciation of the contemporary conception of the motet sheds light on questions of how and why Bach himself used the form. Professor Melamed also finds plenty of evidence that motets and motet style played an important role in Bach's exploration of the musical past.
An Analytical Guide
Author: W. Murray Young
Publisher: McFarland & Company Incorporated Pub
View: 2605A thorough and invaluable reference for students of music, church groups, listeners and performers, this work translates the libretti, or text, of each of 253 sacred and secular cantatas by Bach into current, readable English and provides interpretative commentary on each movement. The cantatas are listed chronologically according to the town or city where Bach composed them. The sacred cantatas are discussed first, followed by secular ones. The Easter, Ascension, and Christmas oratorios are covered iin great detail. The text includes biographical information whenever relevant. An appendix lists the three cantata types (free--that is, based directly on the Bible and treated by Bach as he wished for choir and soloists; solo; and chorale) by their BWV (Bachwerke Verzeichnis) numbers. The general index also includes names of librettists and places involved in the writing or performing of the cantatas.
Supplement to the German/English Dictionary of Idioms
Author: Professor Hans Schemann
Category: Foreign Language Study
View: 8851This dictionary is the ideal supplement to the German/English Dictionary of Idioms, which together give a rich source of material for the translator from and into each language. The dictionary contains 15,000 headwords, each entry supplying the German equivalents, variants, contexts and the degree of currency/rarity of the idiomatic expression. This dictionary will be an invaluable resource for students and professional literary translators. Not for sale in Germany, Austria or Switzerland
Author: David Schulenberg
View: 2962The Keyboard Music of J.S. Bach provides an introduction to and comprehensive discussion of all the music for harpsichord and other stringed keyboard instruments by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Often played today on the modern piano, these works are central not only to the Western concert repertory but to musical pedagogy and study throughout the world. Intended as both a practical guide and an interpretive study, the book consists of three introductory chapters on general matters of historical context, style, and performance practice, followed by fifteen chapters on the individual works, treated in roughly chronological order. The works discussed include all of Bach's individual keyboard compositions as well as those comprising his famous collections, such as the Well-Tempered Clavier, the English and French Suites, and the Art of Fugue.
Author: Daniel R. Melamed,Michael Marissen
Publisher: Oxford University Press
View: 4024This volume is a guide to the resources and materials of Bach scholarship, both for the non specialist wondering where to begin in the enormous literature on J. S. Bach, and for the Bach specialist looking for a convenient and up to date survey of the field. It describes the tools of Bach research and how to use them, and suggests how to get started in Bach research by describing the principal areas of research and citing the essential literature on each piece and topic. The authors emphasize the issues that have engaged Bach scholars for generations, focusing on particularly important writings; on recent literature; on overviews, collections of essays and handbooks; and on writings in English. Subjects covered include bibliographic tools of Bach research and sources of literature; Bach's family; Bach biographies; places Bach lived and worked; Bach's teaching; the liturgy; Bach source studies and the transmission of his music; repertory and editions; genres and individual vocal and instrumental works; performance practice; the reception and analysis of Bach's music; and many others. The book also offers explanations of important and potentially confusing topics in Bach research, such as the organization of the annual cantata cycles, pitch standards, the history of the Berlin libraries, the structure of the critical commentary volumes in the Neue Bach Ausgabe, and so on. This book opens up the rich world of Bach scholarship to students, teachers, performers, and listeners.